• 2016’s Best & Worst Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations – with Dan Melia


     Check out this informal interview with Professor Dan Melia about the history of St. Patrick's Day in the United States! read more

  • Rhetoric Colloquium with Jill Frank, Cornell University


    Colloquium: Jill Frank 04/08/2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Location TBA   Save the date for part three of our Rhetoric Spring Colloquium series! read more

  • New Film Screening with Trinh T. Minh-ha


    Trinh Minh-ha's new film, Forgetting Vietnam, will be featured in the international competition, Cinéma du Réel, which will take place from March 18th to March 27th in Paris at the Centre Pompidou and associated venues.  Screenings, time and place:  Tuesday, March 22nd, at 6:40 pm, in Cinema 1 in the Centre Pompidou, followed by a Q&A with the audience Thursday, March 24th, at 3:50 pm,… read more

  • Congratulations Evyn Lê Espiritu – AAAS Best Graduate Student Paper Award


     Congratulations to Rhetoric graduate student Evyn Lê Espiritu! Evyn has achieved the Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Association for Asian American Studies, for her paper entitled: “Performing Humanitarianism: Israeli Selection and Media Construction of the Ideal Vietnamese Refugee”. More information can be found on the AAAStudies website! read more

  • Rhetoric Colloquium with Shalini Satkunanandan


    Colloquium: Shalini Satkunanandan, Political Science, UC Davis "Neither Religious nor Spiritual: Nietzsche's Illiberal, Faith-based Self-Fashioning" 03/04/2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm 308 Doe Library (Art History Department) Abstract: Nietzsche’s call to make one’s life a work of art should be understood against the backdrop of his early concern with the possibility of founding a new communal religion (evident in The Birth of Tragedy) and his later… read more

  • Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson


    Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson Conference/Symposium | February 19 | 9:15 a.m.-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife Room Panelist/Discussants: Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley; Peter Zinoman, Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Hendrik Maier, Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign… read more

  • New book from Pheng Cheah: What is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature


     In What is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature, Pheng Cheah, a leading theorist of cosmopolitanism, offers the first critical consideration of world literature’s cosmopolitan vocation. Addressing the failure of recent theories of world literature to inquire about the meaning of world, Cheah articulates a normative theory of literature’s world-making power by creatively synthesizing four philosophical accounts of the world as a temporal process:… read more

  • New volume of essays edited by David Bates and Nima Bassiri


     Just published: Plasticity and Pathology: On the Formation of the Neural Subject, edited by David Bates and Nima Bassiri (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015) Berkeley Forum in the Humanities Series With the rise of cognitive science and the revolution in neuroscience, it is now commonplace to assume that the study of a human person-a thinking, feeling, acting subject-is ultimately the study of the human… read more

  • Summer 2016 Rhetoric courses are here!


     Sign up for summer 2016 courses in the department of Rhetoric! Summer courses can help you complete major and minor requirements, outside course requirements (for nonmajors), or provide exciting and interesting elective credits! We're offering courses on design, public speaking, literature, and more! Check out summer course descriptions here on the website, and email the instructors or Lisa Fox ( with any questions! read more

  • In memoriam: Seymour Chatman


    The memorial will be held Friday, February 12th, at 5:30 pm in Morrison Library at UC Berkeley.   Seymour Chatman (1928-2015) Professor Emeritus, Department of Rhetoric When I arrived in the Rhetoric Department as an Acting Assistant Professor in 1972, Seymour Chatman's name was one of the few that I recognized. Already a highly distinguished scholar, his work in narratology and structuralism had influenced my… read more